Neighbourhood Plan Update

Thank you to local people who came along to the two consultation events about the Neighbourhood Plan at the end of September, or contributed comments by email. The focus was on two sites which have been put forward by Lancaster City Council for possible housing development – land alongside Quernmore Road and land behind Hawthorn Close.

The Steering Group then met on Tuesday 15th October to consider feedback and decide on any further investigations needed. A group of local residents concerned about the possibility of development behind Hawthorn Close came along too. The Steering Group decided to ask Lancashire Local Authority Highways Department to examine the access to both the sites under consideration together with the safety aspect regarding the visual splay. The pipe on the land behind Hawthorn Close also needs their investigation. Lancashire County Council is our Lead Flood Authority and will be asked to comment on the surface-water flooding associated with both proposed sites. The Steering Group has commissioned some studies of birds and bats, but more work is needed and the help of local wildlife enthusiasts would be useful here.

We don’t know how long it will take to get the official reports, but have provisionally arranged out next meeting for Tuesday 26th November at 7pm in the Victoria Institute (Victoria Room). If you are interested in attending  please contact Anne Jackson, the Chair of the Steering Group on 771551 or . Maps and documents for the consultation sessions can be seen on the village website.